The University Senate was created by action of the Board of Trustees on July 7, 1972. The Senate is a body of one-hundred-thirty-seven members representing three constituencies: 70 faculty, 26 administrators, and 41 students.

Regular meetings of the Senate are scheduled at least seven times during the academic year. The meetings are held on Thursday afternoons and are open to all members of the University community. Written announcements of meetings and their agendas, with copies of any substantive proposals for Senate action, are provided to all members and alternate members at least five days prior to the scheduled meeting.

The University Senate, subject to the authority of the Board of Trustees, has been delegated the legislative authority of the University Faculty over educational and academic policy (Referendum vote of the University Faculty, May 11, 1973). From this action, and Rule 3335-5-41 of the Administrative Code, the Senate derives its principal powers on academic and educational matters.